Meet Penny Protopapa, the lady behind Penny in Wanderland. Penny started traveling in Greece with her parents since she was a little girl. When she was 13 she traveled abroad for the first time on a school trip to France and that’s mostly when she was bitten by the travel bug. In 2015 she created ‘Penny in Wanderland’, a travel & culture blog to share her wanderings around the world and provide useful tips, destination guides and inspiration to people to travel more even if they are on a budget.
What is your blog about?
It’s a Greek based travel & culture blog focused on providing useful travel tips and inspiration to travel and art enthusiasts! On every trip, I enjoy exploring small towns and villages, visit castles & palaces and art museums, visit football and basketball stadiums/arenas and attend sports events, taste local delicacies and then blog about everything I’ve experienced, tasted and learnt.
Why did you start your blog?
I’ve created ‘Penny In Wanderland’ to share my travel notes, provide useful travel tips to travel enthusiasts and inspire others to travel and experience different cultures!!
What is one of your most viewed posts you’d like to share with us?
One of my most viewed posts on my blog is ’10 things to do in Krakow’. After two visits to the city in 16 months, I think I shared my enthusiasm about it and that’s why readers loved it. You can read it here.
What was one of the most memorable trips you’ve taken and written about on your blog — and why?
By far my first transatlantic 10 day trip to Toronto. I had the chance to visit a multicultural city, taste great food from around the world, meet the sweetest and friendliest people I’ve ever met, and admire the gorgeous Niagara Falls (the last one was one of my dreams since I was a little girl).
What do you like most about blogging about Greece?
I enjoy sharing hidden gems of my country and highlight places a lot of people (even Greeks) don’t know about. Greece is a country that has it all: islands, mountains, waterfalls, mouthwatering food, great cities, traditional villages, history and so much more.
Give us one travel tip for those who have not traveled to Greece yet.
Put on some sunscreen, blend with the locals, check blogs for hidden gems, try local food wherever you go
Any advice for new bloggers?
I would say focus on your passion and find your own voice. And grab every chance to meet with other travellers and travel bloggers and mingle.
One place in Greece AND in the world you’d love to visit in the future that you have not been to yet.
I have been thinking a lot lately that the time has come to visit Zagorohoria. It’s been on my list for years.
My dream destination is Japan. I’m so looking forward to visiting Tokyo and other big cities, taste sushi in its birthplace, and meet eventually in person the famous Japanese culture I love reading about.
One place in the world AND in Greece you could visit over and over again.
I have a crush on Monemvasia for so many years. I love wandering inside the castle, admiring the views and sipping their local delicious wine.
As Giuseppe Verdi once said ‘You may have the universe if I may have Italy’. It’s the country I love to visit again and again, in fact, I try to go at least once a year. Friendly people, the language, pasta, Italian piazzas and cliff-hanging villages, Tuscany. Do you need anything else to be happy?
If you could invite five famous people to your fabulous upcoming dinner party — who would make your list?
That’s a difficult question….If I had the opportunity, I would invite Tom Hanks, Malala Yousafzai, Jennifer Aniston, Pablo Picasso, and Odysseas Elytis.